India vs Australia: Ashish Nehra, Shikhar Dhawan recalled for T20 side, Ajinkya Rahane left out

Dinesh Karthik made his way back after leading India Red to victory in Duleep Trophy. Ashish Nehra made the cut while Shardul Thakur and Rahane were kept out.

AFP, Oct, 02 2017

New Delhi: Opener Shikhar Dhawan has been added to India's Twenty20 squad for the three-match series against Australia starting this week in Ranchi.

The left-handed batsman, who missed the five-match ODI series against the Steve Smith-led Australia to be with his ailing wife, returns to the 15-member T20 team.

Indian cricketers Ashish Nehra (L), Shikhar Dhawan (C) and Pawan Negi pose for a photograph during a press conference ahead of the forthcoming Asia Cup tournament in Kolkata on February 21, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP PHOTO / DIBYANGSHU SARKAR

File image of Ashish Nehra and Shikhar Dhawan. AFP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the side on Sunday after the hosts wrapped up the one-day series 4-1 in Nagpur.

Batsman Dinesh Karthik made his way back after leading his domestic side India Red to victory in the recent Duleep Trophy competition.

Veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra also made the cut while rookie paceman Shardul Thakur and batsman Ajinkya Rahane were kept out.

India, who are currently ranked World No 1 in ODI and Test cricket, are scheduled to play the first T20 against the visitors on Saturday.

Indian cities of Guwahati and Hyderabad will host the second and third match on 10 October and 13 respectively.

Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.

Published Date: Oct 02, 2017 | Updated Date: Oct 02, 2017

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